eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • News from the al-Sagherji Family!
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Hurrell
  • Parking behind church no longer available
  • All Our Relations Memorial Garden
  • Out of the Cold Shelter season ends
  • The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. May 7                  Pastoral Care Committee meeting, after church

Sun. May 28                United Church Conference Sunday

Sun. June 4                  Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church

Sun. June 11                Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church

News from the al-Sagherji Family!

At long last, the family whom we have sponsored to resettle safely in Halifax has received word from the Canadian Embassy in Beirut that we may expect their arrival by summer. Our support groups, with folks from Fort Massey and St. David’s, will be readied and refreshed for action in the days ahead. Here is the email received:

Hi Susan & Michael, Hi Shelly & Paul, Hi every one

Canadian Embassy just called to tell me that they process our application and we may move to Canada within 2 monthes &They will tell us about date of travel before 2 weeks We wish 2 see you in this Summer.

Mayssan & Saeed

Congratulations to …

Stephanie Hurrell, who will receive an honorary Bachelor of Education degree from Roehampton University, London (Southlands College) for her service to education.  The presentation will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on May 15 after which she and Terry will enjoy holiday time with family.

Parking behind St. Matthew’s no longer available

All parking on the Commissionaire’s property is prohibited as of Apr. 23 – this includes Thursday nights (choir rehearsals), Sunday mornings, and all other times. Ticketing and towing await anyone who parks on the property.

All Our Relations Memorial Garden

Last year members of the congregation planted an abundance of bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs around the south lawn of the church, in honour and memory of loved ones and in solidarity with First Nations (“ All Our Relations” is the First Nations motto of the United Church of Canada. Now, as spring begins, we look forward to watching our garden wake up to full bloom – a feast for our eyes, and for bees and butterflies.

Out of the Cold Shelter season ends

Thank you to Jean Hattie, who has again coordinated sandwich donations for Out of the Cold this winter. Jean writes:  As the “Out Of The Cold Shelter” comes to a close this weekend, I would like to say a big “Thank You” to all those who made sandwiches for the guests at the shelter throughout the winter. I so appreciated your interest, commitment, and participation. Hopefully, we can do it again next winter.

The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017

Sponsored by the Atlantic School of Theology, this year’s symposium topic is Trauma, Suffering and Resilience. The dates are May 15-17 at St. Andrew’s United Church, 6036 Coburg Road. The keynote speaker is Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, who will be speaking on Mon. May 15 at 7 pm. This event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude                        Aria     Flor Peeters

Introit                          Community of Grace                          Mark Hayes

Reading                       Luke 24: 13-35


This is the Day that God has Made

In the Bulb there is a Flower

Thine is the Glory

Sermon                        Myriad Manifestations

Anthem                       This Joyful Eastertide              Phillip Ledger

Postlude                      Trumpet Tune for Spring        Chelan Hoffman

Meeting Schedule 2017

All meetings are held after the Sunday service. Bring a lunch! Clerk of Session Dr. Dora Stinson encourages everyone involved in these quarterly meetings to note the dates in their calendars.

Kirk Session/Stewards/Official Board June 4

Executive of Official Board

Worship and Music Committee                      Sept. 17 at East Pennant

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11, with potluck lunch


Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handballs 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors)

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday at 2 pm

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent

In the Community

Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner 2017 – Fri. May 5, reception 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Guest speaker Tariq Had had on the topic “From Syria with Chocolate: One New Canadian Family’s Story”. Tickets $150 pp, $1,500/table.

Food Safety Course – Grace United Church is hosting a Food Safety Course on May 6 at 1:30 pm. This is the 3-hour course for volunteer organizations, and is provided free of charge by the provincial department of Agriculture. Register by sending your name, phone number, and email to secretary.grace@ns.sympatico.ca

Contemporary Art Society show and sale – May 2–13 at the Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Public Archives, 6016 University Avenue. Daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except open to 9 pm on Wednesdays; Saturdays: 9 am to 5 pm. Opening reception: May 3, 7– 9 pm.

Victoria Day Tea Party – Holiday Monday, May 22 from 2–4:30 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel on South Park Street. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be in attendance – period clothes are encouraged so put on your favourite fascinator and join the fun. Music by Hausmusik and Symphony Nova Scotia. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Horticultural Hall in the Public Gardens, the Gardens website: www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca or from Barbara Bickle at coffee hour.

Saving the Organ – May 12-13 at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street. This is a mini-conference on the role and value of the organ in the 21st century. The keynote speaker Friday 7-9 pm is Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, president of St Mary’s University and an organist.  Other speakers include James Bailey, past president of the RCCO, and an architect and organist; Andrew Forrest, artistic director of Letourneau; Andrew Barss and James Chubb, organ consultants and organists. With the decline in both the use of the organ and church attendance, it is timely to bring together musicians, builders, technicians, composers, teachers, clergy, and anyone with an interest in or financial responsibility for the organ to discuss the issues and to begin to establish a new framework for success in the future. For further details and to register please go to www.savetheorgan.ca – the registration fee is $35 and includes all workshops, lunch on Saturday, and handouts.

Halifax Camerata Singers “Let Our Spirits Soar – The Voices of Our Past” – Sun. May 28 at 4 pm, First Baptist Church, Halifax. Guest artists PEI’s female vocal ensemble, Sirens. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 students/underwaged available at tickethalifax.com or The Coast office, 2309 Maynard St.

Seton Cantata Choir “Burst Forth … toward the Unknown Region” – Sun. May 28 at 7 pm, Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Tickets $20 regular, $15 students available from Marg Arklie and Bob Mills of our choir or at the door.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the site of Halifax Hospice, 618 Francklyn Street. Anyone is welcome on a drop-in basis; there is no need to sign up. Sessions are peer-led, with counsellors present to help guide discussion as the participants desire. If you are interested in a bereavement support group but cannot attend on Saturday mornings, call the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at 902-446-0929.

Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba – Ever wonder what a pilgrimage is all about? Need to recharge by unplugging? Need to give your life a spiritual and physical shake-up? Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation? The Atlantic School of Theology is planning a summer pilgrimage – full details and registration information are available at www.astheology.ns.ca.home.events/camino-ns.html

June 19-24 –South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 3-8 – North Shore (Pictou to Pugwash)

July 10-15 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 24-29 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)


Administrative Stuff

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca or  (902) 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

Sunday Free Breakfast: 8 am – Want to volunteer? Contact carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

AcabellA Handbell Choir rehearsal: Thursdays, 6–7 pm

St. Matthew’s Choir rehearsal:  Thursdays, 7:30–9 pm

Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12:15 pm

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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